Sandy Springs Seeks Community Input on Visual Preference for City Center

Please Note: This meeting has been postponed due to a Winter Weather Warning. It will now be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The City of Sandy Springs will host a public Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 to update the community on the progress of City Center development as well as to gather input on visual aesthetics throughout the downtown development.

“The heartbeat of a city is its downtown. It’s important to reach back into the community to gather feedback as we approach milestones within the project to keep in tune with the community’s thoughts, ” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

The Open House will take place beginning at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA 30350. A formal presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. to provide an update on activities related to the overall City Center project. From 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., residents will participate in visual preference surveys designated by City Center components: City Green, Performing Arts Center and City Hall Offices, and Retail/Residential areas that are part of the private development component of the project. The City will publish an online survey (www.sandysrpingscitycenter.com) beginning Feb. 26th, to take in feedback from those not able to attend the Open House.

“We know that design is driven by personal preferences and personalities. Design for City Center should reflect and reinforce the concept of City Center as a shared place of community for the city as a whole. Through the collection of this input, we’ll be able to extrapolate commonalities to help us accomplish that goal,” added Paul.

Goals for the City Center project include the creation of a unique, vibrant, walkable City Center, which incorporates mixed-use development introducing new dining, high-end residential living, and amenity retail and entertainment options. The project also will create an appropriate setting for a new civic / cultural center that will contain multiple uses such as city offices, meeting space and a performing arts facility. In addition, the City block will encompass a green space network to accommodate a variety of activities.

Sandy Springs Selects Holder Construction as Construction Manager at Risk for City Center

The City of Sandy Springs today announced it has selected Holder Construction Company as Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to work alongside the City and its partners in the development of the civic facilities within the City’s downtown, City Center project. The City considered five firms, selected through a competitive request for qualification and proposal process.

“We were fortunate to have a number of highly regarded firms to choose from. The quality of the Holder team, coupled with the firm’s experience, including construction of many performing arts centers, as well as the level of detail they provided related to scheduling, provided us with a high level of confidence in making the recommendation to the City Council,” said Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough.

Holder was founded in Atlanta in 1960, and is the one of the largest construction management organizations based in the metropolitan area. The firm has constructed more than 23 million square feet in mixed-use developments and 22 performing arts centers, in addition to $5.9 billion in public buildings. Past clients and projects included Cox Enterprises’ C-Tech and Corporate Headquarters Campus in Atlanta, GA; Devon Energy’s World Headquarters Complex in Oklahoma City, OK; Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center in Bowie, MD; Virginia Tech’s Center for Performing Arts and Turner Street Mixed-Use Development, in Blacksburg, VA; and the City of Raleigh Plaza and Marriott Hotel in downtown Raleigh, NC.

In the CMAR role, Holder will work alongside the City and its partners: Carter (Program Manager), Rosser International (Architect) and jB+a, Inc. (Landscape Architect) in both the design and construction phases of the City Center project by evaluating cost, schedules and implications of alternative designs, as well as constructability reviews and value engineering related to the project. In addition, Holder will be responsible for construction of the public components of the City Center project.

Goals for the City Center project include the creation of a unique, vibrant, walkable City Center, which incorporates mixed-use development introducing new dining, high-end residential living, and amenity retail and entertainment options. The project also will create an appropriate setting for a new civic / cultural center that will contain multiple uses such as city offices, meeting space and a performing arts facility. In addition, the City block will encompass a green space network to accommodate a variety of activities.

Construction Management Services Civic Facility RFP Recommendation presentation given to the Mayor and City Council on January 6, 2015

Preliminary Recommendations on the Design and Governance of Performing Arts Center

Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center submitted preliminary recommendations on the design and governance of the proposed Performing Arts Center today. The report provides preliminary recommendation on the design and governance for the performing arts center, the results of the charrettes held earlier this month, as well as conversations with practitioners in the performing arts field. Mr. Davis, along with our panel of experts will discuss the findings during the City Council’s Special Called Retreat on Oct 21, 2014.

Sandy Springs to Host Charrette on Programming Its Performing Arts Center

Workshop targeted to visual, performing and musical arts and business planners 

The City of Sandy Springs is seeking input from directors for arts organizations, theater, dance groups, music promoters, visual arts organizations, and youth and business programming to participate in an interactive charrette, which will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Heritage Sandy Springs located at 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328.

The charrette is intended to gain feedback from these groups on their organization’s potential uses for the City’s performing arts facility, including how the variety of programming uses will impact an annual calendar, amenities needs, back of house requirements and seating.

Rick Davis, Executive Director of the George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center, a multi-use facility in Manassas, Virginia, will facilitate the session. Davis joined George Mason University in 1991 as Artistic Director of Theater of the First Amendment and a member of the theater faculty, producing dozens of world premier productions. In 2011, he was named Executive Director of Mason’s new, 1,200-seat Hylton Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art venue with multiple performance and exhibition spaces presenting touring artists as well as many resident arts organizations, civic events, business functions and educational activities.

“The workshop is designed to hone our strategy for the performing arts center and associated community meeting space. We want to ensure we fully understand how the ultimate users – our local civic, community arts and similar groups – expect to use the facility, so we can fine tune the design for those uses,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

Registration for the charrette is requested. Organizations can RSVP online at sandyspringscitycenter.com/charrette. The sessions are organized by business and performance categories, and times for the sessions will be emailed to those registered.

The City launched an online survey for community feedback on desired programming events on September 11, 2014, which will remain open for feedback until October 3, 2014. Based on the charrette, analysis of survey data and additional research from industry experts, the City Center Planning team will provide recommendations to the City Council on a programming strategy.

The Sandy Springs City Council approved a site development plan for the City Center on September 2, 2014, which includes office space to house government services, green space, residential and retail areas, in addition to meeting space and a performing arts center.

Special Called City Council Meeting on August 27 Gets Large Turnout

More than 180 people attended the August 27, special-called meeting of the Sandy Springs City Council, which included a presentation on the proposed Performing Arts Center and introduced the various possibilities for the first phase of the Master Plan. Members of the community were also able to provide the Council with feedback. Please click here to review the presentation. The City is also in the process of planning for the retail component for City Center and shared some of the responses from the recently launched survey. If you haven’t already, please visit City Center Retail Survey to take the 4-question survey and share your opinion.  

Community Members Help Develop City Center Vision during Open House Meeting

More than 100 community members visited the Public Open House meeting at City Hall yesterday to give their input on the City Center Development project. The focus of the event was the proposal to include a Performing Arts Center and Meeting Space in the project. Members of the master development team were on hand to discuss the scope of these items and to receive ideas and feedback directly from the people who will ultimately use these facilities.

You can still submit your thoughts to the Mayor, City Council and master developers using the online submission form on the Performing Arts Center page.